News for Thursday, August 20, 2009

Noted Sculptor in Residence at SAR

Adrian WallAdrian Wall2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow. Photograph by Kenneth Johnson.Adrian Wall2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow. Photograph by Kenneth Johnson.

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to welcome Adrian Wall as the 2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow. Wall will be in residence from September 1 – December 1, 2009.

A native of Jemez Pueblo and part Laguna and Chippewa, Adrian Wall comes by his talents naturally. His dad is a stone sculptor and his mother and sisters are potters. He began his own work as a potter and made the switch to sculpting in his late teens. A full-time sculptor since 1990, Adrian works with clay and bronze, but considers alabaster his primary medium. Always animated when he discusses his work, Wall delights in talking about the varying colors in the stone and its transformation into the distinctive faces that have become his signature.

While at SAR, Adrian will be working on a multi-piece sculptural hanging, admittedly a significant departure from his established style. His piece will be a representation of Pueblo life, which includes perceptions of environment, spiritual beliefs, and subsistence. His plan is to utilize information from the IARC collections to research symbols and designs that he can reinterpret as elements in his overall design.

Adrian is a member of the Indigenous Sculptors Society, an elite group of Native American sculptors dedicated to the advancement of stone sculpture. He has won several major awards, including Best in Division at the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and 1st place in sculpture at the Cherokee Indian Market in 2007. His work can be found in museums and private collections across the United States.

Adrian Wall is available for an interview. Please contact Elysia Poon to make the arrangements. Photographs of his work are available upon request.

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